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Jonathan picks presidential form

October 31, 2014 Blueprint 0

By Samuel Ogidan Abuja President Goodluck Jonathan yesterday picked his nomination and expression of interest form to re-contest for the office of the President. This is even as the leadership of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has decided to give automatic ticket to Bayelsa state governor, Seriake Dickson, Gombe state governor, Ibrahim Dankwambo, Kaduna state governor, Ramalan Yero and others Read More

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Jonathan in closed-door meeting with Emir of Kano

October 31, 2014 Blueprint 0

President Goodluck Jonathan yesterday had a closed-door meeting with the Emir of Kano, Muhammad Sanusi Lamido Sanusi II at the Presidential Villa in Abuja. Sanusi, a former governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), was at the State House in company of some elders from Kano state. He met the president about two hours before he departed for the Read More

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Yari raises alarm over N3.1trn oil funds

October 31, 2014 Blueprint 0

By Umaru Maradu Gusau Governor Abdul’azeez Yari of Zamfara state has declared that the Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) and the Federal Ministry of Finance have failed to account for the whereabout of N3.1 trillion crude oil funds accrued from 2013 to date. The governor made the declaration when he received members of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA), Zamfara state Read More

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2015: PDP extends sale of nomination forms

October 31, 2014 Blueprint 0

 Sacks acting state chairmen in Delta, Enugu, Anambra, Abia   The leadership of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) yesterday announced the extension of the sale of nomination and expression of interest forms by one week. This is even as the party announced the immediate sack of all acting states’ chairmen of the party in Delta, Enugu, Anambra and Abia state. Read More

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Nigeria has achieved over 70% MDGs requirements – Gbeneol

October 31, 2014 Blueprint 0

The Senior Special Assistant to the President on MDGs, Dr. Precious Gbeneol, has said that the federal government has achieved over 70 per cent of the requirements stipulated by the United Nations for countries to meet the Millennium Development Goals in 2015. A statement issued yesterday by the MDGs office said that Gbeneol further stated in an interview with journalists Read More

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President Jonathan deserves 2nd term – RTEAN president

October 31, 2014 Blueprint 0

The transformation agenda of President Goodluck Jonathan has really brought about socio-economic revolution capable of launching the country into economic giants in the next decades, the Road Transport Employers Association of Nigeria (RTEAN) President, Dr. Abubakar Sadiq, has said. He said Jonathan administration has achieved a lot in many areas that even its self – appointed opponents have testified to Read More

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2015: 28 Borno lawmakers obtain APC guber form for Shettima

October 31, 2014 Blueprint 0

ByAwaal Gata Abuja Members of National Assembly and their counterpart at the Borno State Assembly, 28 of them in total yesterday picked an expression of interest and nomination form which they intend donating to the state governor, Alhaji Kashim Shettima, as their choice candidate for the All Progressives Congress (APC) to seek re-election in 2015. The lawmakers consist of one Read More

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Removal of security detail: IG’s action illegal – Tambuwal

October 31, 2014 Blueprint 1

  APC, ACF kick   By Joshua Egbodo, Chizoba Ogbeche, Bode Olagoke, Abuja; Agboola Bayo, Ibadan, and Ahmed Tukur, Lafia Speaker of the House of Representatives, Hon Aminu Waziri Tambuwal, has faulted the withdrawal of his security detail by the acting Inspector General of Police. The acting IGP, Alhaji Suleiman Abba, had yesterday ordered the redeployment of police personnel attached Read More

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2015: Kuffor visits APC leaders on fact finding

October 31, 2014 Blueprint 0

The former Ghanaian president and the Head of the ECOWAS fact finding mission to Nigeria, John Kuffor has visited the main opposition party, All Progressives Congress (APC) leaders with intention to hear from the party effort being put in place to ensure a violence free general elections next year. The former president yesterday in Abuja told Chief John Oyegun led Read More

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On 30% youth representation in govt

October 31, 2014 Blueprint 0

With the refusal of our octogenarians to relinquish the space for the younger generation in the political sphere, it has become imperative to seek ways of making them see reasons why the younger generation should be given the opportunity to govern. The recent pronouncement by President Goodluck Jonathan that youths should be allowed to vie for the presidency could not Read More

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APC heads for disaster in Kogi state

October 31, 2014 Blueprint 0

We had cause to warn the national headquarters of APC on the looming disaster likely to consume the party in Kogi State if nothing was done to avert it. In Blueprint of Thursday, April 10, 2014, page 22, we published a warning titled: Halting the leadership crisis in Kogi State and signed by one of us, Mr. Samuel A. Ajayi. Read More

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M.I. finally drops third album, features Beenie Man, Wizkid, others

October 31, 2014 Blueprint 0

The much awaited third album from rapper M.I Abaga was finally released hours ago. Titled ‘The Chairman’, the album contains 17 songs among which has features from some of the hottest acts this year from Wizkid, Seyi shay, Ice Prince, Olamide, Reminisce, Pato Ranking, Runtown, Sarkodie, Tu Face, Nosa, Koker, Sound Sultan, Emmy Ace and a host of others. The Read More

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Amaechi, Obiano’s political romance worries Presidency

October 31, 2014 Blueprint 0

The alleged political romance between the Rivers state Governor, Rotimi Amaechi, and his counterpart in Anambra state, Chief Willy Obiano, is currently giving the Presidency sleepless nights, Blueprint has exclusively gathered. To this end, the People Democratic Party (PDP) led government may not reckon with the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) adoption of President Goodluck Jonathan as the party’s presidential Read More

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Jigawa awards N6.6bn road contract

October 31, 2014 Blueprint 0

In his efforts to leave Jigawa state better than he met it, Governor Sule Lamido has approved the awarded of contract for the dualisation of 11-kilometre road from Fanisau to Dutse, the state capital, at N6.6 billion. Addressing journalists shortly after the council meeting recently, the Commissioner for Information, Youths, Sports and Culture, Babandi Ibrahim Gumel, said this is in Read More

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Keshi returns as Eagles coach

October 31, 2014 Blueprint 0

  As Jonathan quashes NFF’s sack order   By Gbenga Jolaosho Abuja Coach Stephen Keshi has said he is prepared to return to take charge of the Super Eagles following the reversal of his sack by President Goodluck Jonathan. During a reconciliatory meeting with the warring factions of the Nigeria Football Federation on Wednesday night at the Aso Villa, President Read More

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ALGON commends NASS over LG autonomy

October 31, 2014 Blueprint 0

By Samuel Ogidan Abuja Association of Local Governments of Nigeria (ALGON) has commended the National Assembly over its recommendation to grant Local Government autonomy. The commendation was contained in a statement by its National President, Ozo Nwabueze Okafor. ALGON appreciated both houses of the 7th National Assembly under the visionary leadership of David Mark, Senator Ike Ekweremmadu, Aminu waziri Tambuwal, Read More

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Investors exchange N5.896bn on shares

October 31, 2014 Blueprint 0

By Amaka Ifeakandu Lagos               Investors yesterday traded 747.912 million shares valued at N5.896 billion in 3817 deals. This is against 377.737 million shares worth N4.104 billion exchanged the previous day by investors in 4408 deals. Market capitalisation of listed equities went down by N56 billion to N12.579 trillion from N12.635 trillion recorded on Wednesday. Also the Nigerian Stock Exchange Read More

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How satellite towns’ residents cope

October 31, 2014 Blueprint 0

By Awaal Gata A major percentage of residents of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) don’t live in the city centre; although their workplaces are there, their homes are in the satellite towns where basic amenities are lacking. Water is a luxury in the satellite communities, some of which are as close to the shoulders of Abuja as Mpape. In fact, Read More

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Jonathan, elected only once, is eligible to re-contest – Hassan

October 31, 2014 Blueprint 0

A one-time member of House of Representatives, representing Plateau North and Bassa local government area constituencies of Plateau state, businessman and frontline member of the PDP, Alhaji Sale Shehu Hassan, in this interview argues that President Goodluck Jonathan was only elected once and that the President has outstanding records of achievement to his credit, covering the country in general and Read More

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Tambuwal: What next?

October 31, 2014 Blueprint 0

By Ibrahim Muye Yahaya As we count down to the crucial 2015 general elections, the dice is being thrown on the fortunes of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), All Progressives Congress (APC) and a handful of other significant politicians in the country when it’s all over. Speaker Aminu Waziri Tambuwal is one of the few high-profile politicians in Nigeria that Read More

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Amid tumbling global oil prices, what is Nigeria’s worth?

October 31, 2014 Blueprint 0

The Accountant General of the Federation, Mr. Jonah Otunla, confirmed last week that the nation’s revenue from oil for September fell to N502.09 billion in September, down 16.5 per cent from N601.65 billion in August. He attributed it to falling global oil prices and domestic production outages. Ministry of finance sources said Brent crude oil, the benchmark against which Nigeria’s Read More

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Premium Pensions donates 1, 000 kits to safe school project

October 31, 2014 Blueprint 0

By Bashir Mohammed Kano Premium Pension Limited, a leading pension fund administrator company licensed by the National Pension Commission, has donated 1, 000 safe school kits for distribution to schools across the country. In a statement in Kano, the National Task Team Leader, Safe School   Manual Project, Mr. Ike Oyenchere, said the safe school kit contained a 144-page safe school Read More

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How Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Turkey, fund ISIS in Syria – Envoy

October 31, 2014 Blueprint 0

The Charge d’ Affairs and Head of Mission of the Syrian Embassy in Nigeria, Dr. Shafik Daiyob, has disclosed how Syria’s regional neighbors and the United States created, funded and facilitated  the menace of the Islamic State (ISIS) to destabilize Syria. In this interview with INNOCENT ODOH, the envoy who warned that ISIS could consume its supporters, noted that the Read More

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Borno to buy waste-recycling plant for BOSEPA

October 31, 2014 Blueprint 0

By Sadiq Abubakar Maiduguri Borno state government will soon purchase a recycling plant to convert the increased tonnage of waste to positive use, the General Manager, Borno State Environmental Protection Agency (BOSEPA), Alhaji Nasiru Surundi, has said. Surundi stated this yesterday in an interview with newsmen in Maiduguri. He said the decision was imperative as thousands of tonnes of waste Read More